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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Happy Days: Shorewood or WFB?

Perhaps while the cast and writers of Happy Days are here they could clear up a long going debate on Milwaukee's North Shore...

Was Arnold's fashioned after Pig n' Whistle (Shorewood) or Mars (Whitefish Bay, well techinically Glendale, but closer to WFB high)? Was the high school they all attended Shorewood High or WFB High?

Shorewood and Whitefish Bay residents have been fighting about this for decades...

Pig n' Whistle was a drive in that's been open on the edge of Shorewood on Capitol Drive for the most part of 60 years. Shorewood has just forced Riverbrook, the business there for the last 15 years or so that kept the original Pig menu and custard, owned by the Panos family (think Badgers football and Ma Fisher's another Milwaukee landmark restaurant) to close to put up an Assisted Living facility... urgh... A national landmark is being demolished in the next few weeks...

Milky Way is now Kopp's on Port Washington Rd. Both had rollerskating car hops and were all the rage from the 50's until today and both were close to a high school very similar to the one in Happy Days. Both were within a mile of the old Schiltz (think Shotz for you crazy Laverne and Shirley fans) brewery facility (I think the grain building?)... Both had popular bowling alleys nearby...

Either one could have qualified as the high school made so famous in Happy Days. Both had similar populations economically and socially and both could have been the inspiration for that historic television show being immortalized today in Milwaukee.

So my question is which one did the writer actually base his story on? Shorewood or Whitefish Bay?

Bragging rights are at stake... I think...

1 comment:

Zach W. said...

The writer answered it in an article on JS Online. He said Arnold's was based on the Milky Way.